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Melodie Madison had the match-clinching victory at No. 3 singles for Shenandoah Friday in its non-league match at Ferrum.
Melodie Madison had the match-clinching victory at No. 3 singles for Shenandoah Friday in its non-league match at Ferrum.

FERRUM, Va. – The Shenandoah University women's tennis team was victorious Friday in its initial outdoor match of the spring season.

After splitting two indoor matches to start the season, Shenandoah (2-1) was a 6-2 winner on the Burrows-Skeens Courts on the Ferrum College campus Friday.

The Hornets opened the match by defeating Ferrum (2-4) at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles with Morgan Fuqua and Melodie Madison winning 8-2 at No. 1 and Denise Vollmer and Audrea Wright 8-1 at No. 3.

Fuqua and Alyssa White, playing Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, each won in three sets to put Madison in position to clinch the match at No. 3.

Madison wasted little time in securing the win, dispatching Autum Murray-Burns 6-3, 6-1 to give Shenandoah the clinching fifth point.

With the match now clinched, the final three singles matches were played as eight-game pro-sets.

Wright won her match 8-2 at No. 5 while Denisa Banasova was leading 6-5 in her match at No. 6 when it was called due to rain.

Fuqua won 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (11-9) at No. 1 and White 2-6, 6-1, 1-0 (13-11) at No. 2.

SU travels to the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center Saturday to take on Guilford in a 1:30 ODAC contest.